Jul 28, 2012I bought this in hope of a decent football game, bearing in mind how FIFA on the home consoles is untouchable these days. Boy, was I ever disappointed. It looks pretty enough, and the 3D effects are well implemented. Sadly the experience falls apart on the field. The game feels sluggish (as if the players are running on treacle) and pressing the sprint button makes no noticeable difference. The passing is woefully imprecise, it's far too easy to misplace passes, making building up play nigh-on impossible. Tackling is also seemingly impossible - press the tackle button, and the opponents will just waltz on by as if your player wasn't there. Shooting is similarly disappointing.
The game's only saving grace is the street mode, which is teams of five, with basically minimal rules. This mode is actually fairly enjoyable, albeit quite limited compared to a good 11v11 experience.
Oh, and online play isn't an option. You can play through local wireless, but not over the internet.
Yes, FIFA has the licensed players, kits and competitions. It is also the king of the console footy games. However, don't bother with this awful version. Honestly, PES2011 is a far more enjoyable take on football for the 3DS and will cost you far less cash (I haven't played the 2012 version yet). Do yourself a favour and pick up PES instead. FIFA 12 3DS is a turd of a game. Avoid.… Expand